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United States v. Wong Kim Ark

The Locked Golden Gate, A Successful Writ, A Question Of Birthright, Further Readings


United States


Wong Kim Ark

Appellant's Claim

That the U.S. district court's affirmation of Wong's citizenship was in error.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Solicitor General Holmes Conrad, George D. Collins

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Thomas D. Riordan

Justices for the Court

David Josiah Brewer, Henry Billings Brown, Horace Gray (writing for the Court), Rufus Wheeler Peckham, George Shiras, Jr., Edward Douglass White

Justices Dissenting

Melville Weston Fuller, John Marshall Harlan I (Joseph McKenna did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

28 March 1898


In favor of appellee Wong.


This was the first case in which the Court interpreted Section I of the Fourteenth Amendment, in which all persons born in the United States are defined as citizens.

Related Cases

  • Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886).
  • Strauder v. West Virginia, 100 U.S. 303 (1979).

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